Europe 1944: Liberation of France
Throughout July the Allies consolidated and reinforced their hold over Normandy. On August 5 they struck, sweeping south, east and west across France. Ten days later an additional force landed in southern France. French and American troops entered Paris on the 25th.
22 Jun-19 Aug 1944 Operation Bagration▲
Soviet offensive into Belorussian SSR and eastern Poland
15 Aug 1944 Operation Dragoon▲
Following the successful capture of Normandy, the Allies invaded Southern France, landing on the Côte D’Azur on 15 August and rapidly pushing inward with help from a French Resistance-led uprising in the region.
19-25 Aug 1944 Liberation of Paris▲
With the approach of the US 3rd Army under General George Patton, the French Forces of the Interior (FFI) - the military component of the French Resistance - staged an uprising against the German garrison in Paris. While the Germans were skirmishing with the FFI, Free French forces entered the city on the night of 24 August, followed by General Philippe Leclerc’s 2nd French Armored Division and the US 3rd Army on the morning of the 25th. Despite Hitler’s orders to destroy the city, the German garrison surrendered at 3:30 pm that day.
23 Aug 1944 King Michael’s Coup▲
Following months of secret negotiations with the Soviet Union, Romanian opposition politicians, led by the Communist Party, persuaded King Michael to remove pro-Nazi Prime Minister Ion Antonescu from office. On 23 August 1944, Antonescu was removed and replaced by General Constantin Sanatescu, and Romania joined the Allies. A German invasion, Operation Margarethe II, was planned but not implemented.
29 Aug-28 Oct 1944 Slovak national uprising▲
Slovak national uprising